December 28, 2009

The dome

Finally, I managed a photo of the Araneta Coliseum which actually shows its dome. Previously, I've shown photos of one of its entrances and the curved footbridge which connects it to several malls in the area. Nicknamed "The Big Dome," this multipurpose stadium in Cubao, Quezon City is one of the biggest indoor stadiums in Metro Manila. Its biggest claim to fame is the 1975 Thrilla in Manila, the final boxing match between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier for the Heavyweight Boxing Championship of the World. The glass building on the left is the part of Gateway Mall which stretches across a public road.

Araneta Coliseum

23 comments:

James said...

Great shot of this famous dome. I remember how huge the Thrilla in Manila was.

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

The Thrilla in Manilla is indeed a world famous event, back when boxing was much more popular and was followed by more people than today.

Lois said...

Even I have heard of the Thrilla in Manila! Nice shot Hilda.

Vogon Poet said...

I was already around for Thrilla in Manila, but not a big fan of boxing... Nice dome, any reason for the Swedish colors?

johnny said...

A building with a long history. Happy 2010

GreensboroDailyPhoto said...

Very geometric building with the colors of Sweden or West Virginia University!!!!!

CafebyJW said...

Boxing used to be very popular here as well.

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George said...

I remember the "Thrilla in Manila'. It's nice to see the coliseum where it took place.

ρομπερτ said...

Even though I was just one year old back than, read much about that fight.

Please have a wonderful new week.

Pam said...

Thanks for the history of this famous dome, Hilda. I hope you and your husband have a very Happy New Year filled with peace and joy.

Olivier said...

tout en couleur, il est très beau

Cezar and Léia said...

I need to confess that I don't know much about but this place is huge and your picture fabulous!Great work!
Léia

Louis la Vache said...

«Louis» was surprised to read that "The Thrilla in Manila" was 34 YEARS AGO!....

When «Louis» saw the blue and yellow colors, and before he read the text, he thought you were showing us an IKEA store!

Tribudragon said...

Yes. You have some very gifted boxers :-)

Where do they fight in Manila ?

Leif Hagen said...

Well yes, Hilda, finally the stadium! Ha!
At first by the thumbnail, I thought it was an IKEA store - maybe I need my eyes checked?
Happy New Year!

Paty said...

Hi Hilda, thank you for visiting my blog. Happy new year to you and your family too, i wish you all the good!

JM said...

I like the way you composed this one, Hilda!
Also hope you had a Happy Christmas with all yours.

hadv said...

How come I don't know about the Thrilla in Manila?? It must be a generation thing hahaha..

Halcyon said...

Almost looks like an Ikea with those colors! ;-)

Your EG Tour Guide said...

I'm afraid I've never heard of "The Thrilla in Manila" but I do think the building is an attractive anyway. ;-)

Hilda said...

Everyone:
Goodness, we don't have an Ikea store here and I doubt if anyone here even knows that blue & yellow are the Swedish national colors — so the stadium being painted this way is probably just a coincidence. Or not, the owners knowing that no one would recognize where they copied the colors from.

the donG said...

the big dome. another view would be from the MRT station.

Lianne said...

when i think of araneta, my fondest memories are of the uaap season! :)

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